© 2014

The Unruly PhD

Doubts, Detours, Departures, and Other Success Stories

  • Authors
Palgrave Macmillan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. PhDs in Academia

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Rebecca Peabody
      Pages 17-28
    3. Rebecca Peabody
      Pages 29-39
  3. PhDs Beyond Academia

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 59-59
    2. Rebecca Peabody
      Pages 75-87
    3. Rebecca Peabody
      Pages 89-100
  4. PhDs Redirected

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 177-183

About this book


This collection features former graduate students who speak frankly about the challenges and decisions they faced along the way to their doctorates. Peabody leaves no doubt that there are as many right ways to get through a PhD, and as many right career tracks on the other side, as there are students willing to forge their own paths.


career corpus interview Kara Rack success

About the authors

Rebecca Peabody is Head of Research Projects and Programs at the Getty Research Institute, USA.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Unruly PhD
  • Book Subtitle Doubts, Detours, Departures, and Other Success Stories
  • Authors R. Peabody
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc. 2014
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Education Collection Education (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-137-37310-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-31946-3
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 183
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Higher Education
    Educational Psychology
    Professional & Vocational Education


"I can only hope that when a PhD candidate is in the midst of panic, paralyzing fear, boredom, apathy, or even revulsion, the stories in Peabody's book will come to their mind in snippets, in remnants, as something they can store away and use. If graduate students could read real-world accounts of not only how to face these trials, but how to face them creatively, this would be a real and empowering thing. Indeed, I would recommend this book to all my graduate students. This is the kind of book one could read at the beginning of the PhD journey as well as at the end." - Kara Cooney, Associate Professor of Egyptian Art and Architecture, University of California, Los Angeles, USA

"The Unruly PhD fills a hole in the post-academic career literature with its in-depth first-person essays about surviving the ups and downs of graduate school and the life afterwards. Although many students instinctively turn to the web and blogosphere for guidance and community, navigating the sheer number of narratives can be overwhelming. The book will also be tremendously helpful for friends and family of PhDs to get an inkling about the PhD experience." - Melissa Epstein, Founder, NYC VersatilePhD